Panellists standing on stage with conference poster as a backdrop
Panellists standing on stage with conference poster as a backdrop

Date: February 21st, 2023

Location: Madrid, Spain

Description: The International Renewable Energy Conference was held in Madrid, Spain, between the 20th and 23rd of February. Hosted by the Spanish government and REN21, the high-level policy event brought together decision-makers with the focus on “building collective know-how to advance renewables at the international, national and sub-national levels.”

GWNET Senior Advisor, Irene Giner-Reichl, took part as a panellist in two events at SPIREC.

1. Mind the Gap: Job offers & skilling

As part of this event, Irene took part in discussions on training a skilled workforce to meet the demand of the energy transition, as well as how the energy transition can act as a powerful force for job creation and skills development. Other participants during this event included:

  • Mariana Castano-Cano, 10 Billion Solutions
  • Nawal Al-Hosany, UAE Directorate of Energy & Climate Change
  • Thomas Andre, REN21
  • Oleguer Fuertes, ASIT


2. Gender Equality: A critical pathway for a sustainable & inclusive energy transition

As part of this event, Irene took part in discussions on how to “showcase the opportunities the just energy transition presents to catalyse gender equality and women’s economic empowerment, generating multiple development benefits, and the needs for such processes to purposedly develop target approaches to integrate women as agents of change.” Other participants during this event included:

  • Dr. Gloria Magombo, Permanent Secretary – Ministry of Energy and Power Development Zimbabwe
  • Ana Belen Sanchez, Just Transition Adviser, Minister’s Cabinet, Ministerio de Transición Justa y Reto Demográfico, Spain
  •  Ifeoma Malo, Co-founder and CEO, Clean Technology Hub, Nigeria
  • Duccio Maria Tenti, Policy Specialist Energy and Climate Change, Rome Centre, UNDP
  • Madeus Miguel Gausi, Afrika Youth Caravan Delegate
  • Dean Cooper, Global Energy Lead, Global Climate and Energy Practice, World Wildlife Fund (WWF)


Read the programme. You can also read the Day 2 report here.


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